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FWC launches the new Florida fishing pier finder

Are you looking for a place to fish from shore? Check out the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) new Florida Fishing Pier Finder, an interactive map that allows anglers to find publicly-accessed fishing piers, jetties and fishing-specific bridges in freshwater and saltwater locations throughout the state. It is best viewed using a computer or tablet with a larger screen. Visit MyFWC.com/PierFinder to search for a location by county, city, feature name and type of feature (such as a...

May is lionfish time: festivals, tournaments, restaurants and more 

Join FWC in celebrating the 7th annual Lionfish Removal and Awareness Festival May 15-16 (10 a.m.-5 p.m. CT) at AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar and HarborWalk Village in Destin. The outdoor event is free and open to the public and will feature socially-distant family-friendly activities, art, diving and marine conservation booths, live music, fillet demonstrations, and the world’s largest lionfish tournament, the Emerald Coast Open. Tournament Details Are you a diver interested in registering for the tournament? The Emerald Coast...

Walton County fishing report for April 29

Fishing is good! Bay: Redfish, trout, and a few sheepshead. Surf: Pompano, whiting, and redfish. River: Lots of catfish, shellcracker, bream. Click here for fishing forecast Bay and river report brought to you by Copeland’s. “Where the locals shop and the tourists are welcome.” Click here to find out more about Copeland’s. Copeland’s Gun and Tackle Shop 17290 U.S. Hwy. 331 S, Freeport, Florida 32439 (850) 835-4277 Store hours: Mon. – Fri.: 6 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sat.: 6 a.m....

Gulf red snapper season announced for 2021

Tallahassee, Fla. – On April 23, 2021, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the popular 2021 Gulf red snapper recreational season is set to open June 4 and run through July 28, with a possible fall reopening if quota is available. “This will be the longest summer season anglers will have since the FWC started setting seasons for fishing in the Gulf state and federal waters off Florida,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “The State is proud to provide continued access and opportunities for...

Walton County fishing report for April 14

Fishing is good! Bay: Speckled trout bite on along with a few redfish Surf: Pompano, whiting, and redfish. River: Catfish, however river muddy and going up again Click here for fishing forecast Bay and river report brought to you by Copeland’s. “Where the locals shop and the tourists are welcome.” Click here to find out more about Copeland’s. Copeland’s Gun and Tackle Shop 17290 U.S. Hwy. 331 S, Freeport, Florida 32439 (850) 835-4277 Store hours: Mon. – Fri.: 6 a.m....

Freshwater license-free fishing Saturday, April 3 and Sunday, April 4

Try your hand at freshwater fishing this weekend on Saturday, April. 3 and Sunday, April 4, without needing a freshwater fishing license. License-free fishing days are a great way for Florida residents and visitors to get out on the water and find out why Florida is known as the Fishing Capital of the World. “The first freshwater license-free fishing weekend of the year is an excellent opportunity to introduce someone to fishing for the first time,” said Division of Freshwater...

Walton County fishing report for April 2

Fishing is good! Bay: A few speckled trout starting to show up. Better in the intracoastal. River: Catfish Surf: A few pompano and whiting Click here for fishing forecast Bay and river report brought to you by Copeland’s. “Where the locals shop and the tourists are welcome.” Click here to find out more about Copeland’s. Copeland’s Gun and Tackle Shop 17290 U.S. Hwy. 331 S, Freeport, Florida 32439 (850) 835-4277 Store hours: Mon. – Fri.: 6 a.m. – 5 p.m....

Walton County fishing report for March 22

Fishing is good! Bay: Redfish and trout being caught River: Crappie here and there, some catfish. Creeks: Some bass being caught. Click here for fishing forecast Bay and river report brought to you by Copeland’s. “Where the locals shop and the tourists are welcome.” Click here to find out more about Copeland’s. Copeland’s Gun and Tackle Shop 17290 U.S. Hwy. 331 S, Freeport, Florida 32439 (850) 835-4277 Store hours: Mon. – Fri.: 6 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sat.: 6 a.m....

Charity bass tournament in Freeport April 10

DeFuniak Springs Kiwanis is hosting a charity bass tournament at Black Creek Lodge in Freeport April 10. The tournament will begin at first safe light with 2 p.m. weigh in. Prizes are $2,000 1st, $750 2nd and $250 3rd place (1-29 80/20 payout 30 boats guaranteed). Entry fee is $100 per boat, $20 big fish. Food will be available to purchase at registration at weigh in. Proceeds benefit Food For Thought and Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranches. For more information contact...

Walton County fishing report for March 11

Fishing is good! Bay: Fishing has been spotty. Some white trout, speckled trout, sheepshead, black drum. River: River has been up and muddy. Folks going to tributaries and catching a few catfish and crappie. Click here for fishing forecast Bay and river report brought to you by Copeland’s. “Where the locals shop and the tourists are welcome.” Click here to find out more about Copeland’s. Copeland’s Gun and Tackle Shop 17290 U.S. Hwy. 331 S, Freeport, Florida 32439 (850) 835-4277...

Charity bass tournament in Freeport April 10

The DeFunaik Springs Kiwanis is hosting a charity bass tournament at Black Creek Lodge on Saturday, April 10, 2021. Prizes are $2,000 1st, $750 2nd, $250 3rd. Proceeds benefit Food For Thought at the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches. Entry fee is $100, $20 big fish. The tournament will be held from first light – 2 p.m. weigh in. Food will be available for purchase at registration and weigh in. Black Creek Lodge is located at 710 Black Creek Lodge Rd.,...